Pressure washing is a popular way to clean exterior surfaces on properties. However, the name pressure washing can be misleading. Many people mistakenly believe that pressure washing only involves the use of water at high pressure to clean surfaces. However, the pressure setting on the pressure washing equipment can be adjusted to achieve different pressure levels. We at Crystal Clean A1 Window Services offer pressure washing services. Below we discuss what soft washing is and what surfaces it should be used on.
What is Soft Washing?
Soft washing cleaning is actually a type of pressure washing. It involves adjusting the pressure settings on the pressure washing equipment to a low pressure setting (less than 700 PSI). This method of cleaning relies on high volumes of water applied at low pressure. It also involves the use of chemical additives. The cleaning solution is applied to the surface and allowed to sit for a while. This helps to lift dirt and stains off the surface.
When Should You Use the Soft Washing Method?
Soft wash cleaning is used on soft or porous surfaces. It is used on surfaces that can be easily damaged when exposed to water at high pressure. It is also used to protect structures from water damage. For example, power washing siding can result in water getting into cracks and crevices and causing water damage to the home’s structure. Soft washing house exterior surfaces protects these surfaces as well as the structures beneath them from damage.
What Equipment is Used to Soft Wash?
Soft wash systems are similar to those used for power washing. However, these systems work on low pressure settings and are able to expel high volumes of water. The gun in these setups therefore often features a wide fan tip to facilitate wider spraying of the water.
The soft wash setup also includes a mixing tank. This is needed for proper mixing of the cleaning solution.
5 Surfaces You Should Soft Wash?
- Wood panel siding
A soft wash is best for these surfaces. It will keep them looking their best and prolong their life. Wood may be durable but it can be damaged when exposed to water at high pressure. The damage will shorten the lifespan of your wood panel siding.
- Wood fences and decks
Many people use treated wood to build their decks and fences. This wood is treated to prevent it from cracking or warping despite being exposed to the elements. Water at high pressure can easily cut through the stains and other treatments used on the wood. This leaves the wood exposed and vulnerable to the effects of humidity, heat, cold and rain. It shortens the lifespan of the wood. Washing at low pressure on the other hand will protect the wood and help get rid of mold and algae.
Stucco is commonly used as an exterior wall covering. It consists of lime, cement and sand. Many people choose this material for its strength and flexibility. It comes in a wide range of tones. You can therefore achieve just about any style you can imagine. High pressure water can cause damage to this surface. It will result in chipping which will leave the surface beneath the stucco exposed to the elements.
- Windows and window screens
Windows and screens are designed to maintain a comfortable environment within the home. They keep bugs, dust and other environmental contaminants out. However, they are not designed to withstand the impact of high pressure water. Window screens can easily tear when washed with high pressure water. Window panes can be damaged and this will reduce their lifespan.
Soft wash roof cleaning is recommended especially when you have a shingle roof. Water at high pressure can destroy your roof’s shingles. It can also cause the adhesive to weaken and penetrate into the lower layers of the roof resulting in both water and air leaks.
Are You Looking for a Soft Washing Contractor in San Luis Obispo County?
If you’re looking for a contractor for soft washing house exterior surfaces, contact Crystal Clean A1 Window Services. Let our team of professionals bring the sparkle back to your property without causing damage to your exterior surfaces.